Are Marjorie Taylor-Greene and Lauren Boebert feuding? The names of Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA) and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) have often been spoken together. Both were elected to Congress as Republicans in 2020, and both practice a similar style of politics, including past allegiance to the QAnon conspiracy theory.
Both were re-elected in 2022, although Boebert won her race by a surprisingly narrow margin, and at times it appeared she might lose.
Both congresswomen are associated with a type of politics that involves frequent trolling and using it to earn huge amounts of media attention, much beyond that of a typical first- or second-term member of Congress. Last March, the two Congresswomen were photographed, side-by-side, heckling President Biden during the State of the Union address. mar
However, there are now reports that Taylor Greene and Boebert are at odds.
In April, it was reported by Politico that the two Congresswomen had a “heated” conversation at a meeting of the House Freedom Caucus.
“Privately, Republicans say Boebert (R-Colo.) — who’s seen as more of a party team player than Greene — detests being tied to her Georgia colleague,” that report said. “And when the House Freedom Caucus board of directors gathered last month at its usual spot a few blocks from the Capitol, the two tangled over Greene’s appearance at a February event organized by a known white nationalist.”
That white nationalist was Nick Fuentes, who former President Trump recently caught fire for meeting with at Mar-a-Lago. Greene has since denounced Fuentes, who in turn slammed the Congresswoman as a “divorced woman girlboss.” It’s a further indication of figures of the far right turning on Greene; Ali Alexander, a major figure in the “stop the steal” movement, recently denounced Greene as “a trailer park hood rat.”
Now, Greene and Boebert’s feud has tipped into public view.
The latest disagreement between the two is nominally about the race for Speaker of the House in the new Congress. Greene has endorsed Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the current top Republican in the House, for the speakership, while Boebert has not backed him. Boebert has said she will support McCarthy for speaker if a mechanism is put in place that makes it easier for the majority party to remove the speaker.
When asked by a reporter this week what could get her to support McCarthy, Boebert took a shot at her Georgia counterpart.
“Well, you know, I’ve been aligned with Marjorie and accused of believing a lot of the things that she believes in. I don’t believe in this, just like I don’t believe in Russian space lasers, Jewish space lasers, and all of this,” Boebert said of Greene.
The “Jewish space lasers” comment was a reference to a controversy that surfaced after Greene’s election to Congress, over a 2018 social post in which Greene alleged that a laser from space had caused wildfires in California. While the post didn’t specifically mention “Jewish space lasers,” it did point fingers at the “Rothschild Inc, international investment banking firm,” long a staple of antisemitic conspiracy theories.
Greene responded on Twitter by taking some swipes at the Colorado Congresswoman.
“I’ve supported and donated to Lauren Boebert. President Trump has supported and donated to Lauren Boebert. Kevin McCarthy has supported and donated to Lauren Boebert. She just barely came through by 500 votes,” Greene tweeted, in reference to Boebert’s closer-than-expected reelection race. “Lauren refuses to endorse President Trump, she refuses to support Kevin McCarthy, and she childishly threw me under the bus for a cheap sound bite.”
Greene went on to reiterate the need to “Save America,” rather than “high school drama and media sound bites.”
Per MSNBC, it appears that in the event of McCarthy becoming speaker, he will restore Greene’s committee assignments, which were stripped from her in 2021 over a series of controversial statements, which included amplifying a call on social media to assassinate House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
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